The Apple “press” (I use quotes because they really aren’t but sure seem like they’d like to be) never ceases to amaze me. What passes for two stories on The Unofficial Apple Weblog today:
- A story titled ‘Apple’s “renaissance” is under way’ it is reported that the author thinks that because he is seeing Macs everywhere now that more people are buying them. This shocking item is backed up with the claim “There’s now data to back up these observations”. Well gee, there has been data to back up those observations for quite awhile now. Apple has been consistently improving Mac sales quarter over quarter. This Mac website is just seeing this now?? Oh and of course the peanut gallery kicks in with the typical ‘People just buy <insert popular Apple product> because they want to be seen with it’. Hate to break it to those folks but I bought an iPod, a Mac, and an iPhone because they’re the best products…not because I want to look cool (and in the case of an iPhone millions of people don’t all want to look cool. Please.).
- In another story titled “HTC and other OEMs prepared to challenge the iSlate” we get the brilliant little nugget: “The announcements are sure to place some price pressure on Apple: Freescale’s design is intended for retail prices in the $200 range, much less than the $600 – $1,000 expected for Apple’s device. “I’m going to bet that the Freescale tablet will be every bit as good as it’s $200-range design. Meanwhile people will part with their hard earned dollars in droves to get the Apple tablet because Apple knows what they’re doing and they seem to be the only company that gives a damn about design and how people interact with their products. To be sure the author throws in: “Of course, Apple is all about the design, functionality, and user experience of their devices and software, and the capabilities of the tablet will need to show perceived value to potential customers.” just to make sure they cover their bases. Again I find it astounding that this is coming from a website who’s main purpose is covering Apple. Have they not noticed that during this awful recession Apple is making money hand over fist on premium laptops and desktop systems?
This is the best these guys can do?